Picturesque view over the Rhön Mountains
View from the Soisberg into the Rhön Mountains in the south
The Hessian Kegelspiel (up to 552.9 m) in the Soisberg Kuppen Rhön
Southern mountains of the Brückenauer Kuppen Rhön: Dreistelzberg (left) and Mettermich (right)
Rhön landscape near Tann (in June) – the land of the open faraway
Attractions in the Rhoen region
Discover the region
The Rhön is located in the southeast of the East Hessian Highlands and thus belongs to the southernmost parts of the low mountain range. The mountain range of volcanic origin is bordered by the Fulda depression in the west, by the Fulda-Werra mountain range in the north and by the rivers Werra, Jüchse and Bibra in the south. A large part of the Rhön belongs to a biosphere area and the low mountain range is home to a high number of different biotopes and species.
The landscape is mainly characterized by forests, the wood-free mountain tops are adorned by high moors. Small lakes and brooks as well as the rivers Franconian Saale and Fulda can be found in the region. In the middle of it all there are rocks and block dumps, castles and palaces, fortified churches and medieval half-timbered houses.
The Rhön is a region of stories: Here you can discover the former inner-German border, follow in the footsteps of the Celts, experience geology, look at the stars and taste Franconian wines and Rhön beer.
Natural highlights in the Rhön
A clear highlight of the Rhön is the Wasserkuppe, the highest mountain of the low mountain range and Hesse. Not only hikers come for the beautiful view, the Wasserkuppe is considered the "cradle of gliding". Numerous gliders and paragliders take off from the meadow hilltop. Also the Kreuzberg is visited with pleasure. With a monastery and the associated monastery brewery, the "holy mountain of the Franks" is the destination of numerous pilgrims. The Milseburg is called the "Pearl of the Rhön". The mountain surprises with a striking, rocky profile and is the highest peak of the so-called Kuppen Rhön.
In addition to mountain peaks, the Black and Red Moor are particularly popular nature excursion destinations. The two high moors impress with rare plants and animals, information centers, observation towers and moor nature trails. Especially hikers and in winter cross-country skiers are happy about the paths through the two impressive moors.
Active in the Rhön
Outdoor sportsmen and women are mostly on foot in the Rhön. The over 6000 km long and well signposted network of hiking trails attracts with highlights such as the "Hochrhöner" and the "Rhön-Höhen-Weg". The Hochrhöner stretches over 175 km from Bad Kissingen to Bad Salzungen and has several extra tours. The Rhön-Höhen-Weg leads from Burgsinn over the Kreuzberg to Bad Salzungen on the Werra and covers 137 km. Of course there are also many shorter tours in the low mountain range, which only wait for an ascent.
Those who arrive by bike can let off steam on 2500 km of paths and various mountain bike trails. It goes high into the mountains, relaxed by rivers and over well passable asphalt roads through the mountains. Besides the "Rhönradweg", the "BahnRadweg Hessen" is particularly popular, but there are also numerous other routes available for cyclists.
In winter, not only skiers are on the slopes of the ski resorts, but also cross-country skiers come to explore the extensive network of trails. Winter hikers get their money's worth and sledders or snowshoe hikers will also find the right route.